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Blue Microphones announces Mikey for Flip camcorders

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 14:06 CDT

When it comes to camcorders some of the most popular camcorders on the market are the low priced Flip line of camcorders like the Flip Mino and others. the cameras can shoot HD resolution video with impressive quality, but the sound often leaves a bit to be desired. This is where Blue Microphones comes in with its new Mikey for Flip.


Blue Microphones makes all sorts of mice for computer users down to professional musicians and recording mics. The Mikey for Flip is designed to connect to the FlipPort on the bottom of the Flip camcorders and enables studio quality sound. The use of the Mikey is an easy as connecting it to the camera with nothing else needed for operation.

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Leica debuts D-Lux 5 digital camera

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 13:04 CDT

If you want, a digital camera that looks as good as it performs you will want to check out the retro looking Leica offerings that are on the market. These cameras are not for the shopper on a budget, but they offer some great features with excellent quality. The latest camera added to the Leica line has debuted today and is called the D-Lux 5.


The digital camera has a Leica DC Vario-Summicron 5.1-19.2mm F/2-3.3 ASPH lens. That lens has a focal range equivalent to 24 to 90mm in 35mm film format. The camera has a host of automatic features along with full manual modes as well. The camera can also record 720p HD video in AVCHD-Lite format.

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Rotel outs cool RCX-1500 receiver supporting multiple sources

By: Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 12:02 CDT

If you are a serious fan of audio in all sorts of formats, you may want a receiver that can handle multiple formats to cut down on the amount of gear around your home. Rotel has unveiled a new receiver that combines some nice features into one device. The RCX-1500 is a receiver with a CD player, FM/DAB tuner, and is capable of receiving internet radio as well.


The device uses a Wolfson 24-bit 192Khz DAC and has a Class D amp inside with 100W per channel. On the front panel, the receiver has a USB input that allows it to play content from music sources and it supports 30 presets for favorite stations. Supported formats include RealAudio, WMA, MP3, AAC & AAC+ (non DRM), AU, WAV and AIFF.

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Panasonic H-FT012 3D lens turns any G series camera into 3D shooter

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

I mentioned just a bit ago that Panasonic had unveiled a new G series micro four-thirds camera today. Along with the unveiling of that new camera come some new lenses that are compatible with all Panasonic micro four-thirds cameras. The coolest of the new lenses is the the H-FT012 that lets the cameras shoot 3D images.


The lens puts two elements into one package to shoot right and left images simultaneously. The two images are then processed in software to turn them into a 3D image. Those 3D images can be viewed on Panasonic Viera TVs and 3D Blu-ray players. The lens has a 12.5mm/F12 focal range and is very compact for a 3D lens.

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Panasonic Lumix GH2 digital camera surfaces

By: Shane McGlaun | | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 10:06 CDT

One of the first companies into the micro four-thirds camera market was Panasonic. These cameras offer DSLR quality images and interchangeable lenses in much more compact designs. The downside is that the cameras cost more than many DSLRs that are on the market. Panasonic has expanded its range of Lumix G series cameras with a new Lumix GH2.


The new camera has a 14MP resolution and can shoot 1080p video at 24 fps and has support for 50p and 60p settings as well. Several video modes are included like a Cinema mode that makes video look more cinematic. The camera also has variable movie mode that will speed or slow frames by 80%, 160%, 200%, or 300%.

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GTC 2010 - What does NVIDIA have in store for us? 3D everything

By: Cameron Wilmot | Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 9:59 CDT

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she was working the pre-party of NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference to find out what type of stuff we can expect to see at the event this year.

Nicole ran into Mike DeNeffe, NVIDIA chap looking after GeForce and 3D Vision with the Director of Marketing title. He reckons that GTC is not really a show for his GeForce range of products, but it's more catered for NVIDIA's Quadro and Tesla range.

Although, he does go onto say that there will be some 'awesome' demos on display showing 3D this, 3D that and then more 3D. 3DTV Play, 3D notebooks, 3D surround and indeed 3D 'everything'.

We'll have more coverage from GTC 2010 from today through till Thursday from San Jose.

Developing: back to normal?

By: Cameron Wilmot | Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 8:52 CDT

Developing: Cross your fingers and toes, it appears Twitter has fixed the recent XSS attack as we reported about below in pretty quick time.


The exploit attack has taken the Twitter world by storm over the past hour. My own account was affected, but I can confirm that my (old design) is back to normal and I am not seeing any strangeness such as a blanked out screen and auto re-tweets by random users.

Is your back to normal now? Do let us know!

Stay away from; it's being exploited with simple code

By: Cameron Wilmot | Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 8:41 CDT

If you haven't seen already, is under attack exploiting a flaw in its system with a simple code called "onmouseover" that is used to execute code or a command when your mouse cursor is moved over the bad area.

My @camwilmot account has personally been affected just now and as far as I can see, it only affects the front page of and not other pages such as your profile page.


Basically what I did by mistake was move my mouse over a strange tweet with black color background over the text and then that took over my Chrome v6 browser. Now when I load the old I am unable to access the page and if I click anywhere a link is opened in a new window. Meanwhile tweets are automatically being made consisting of re-tweets of the latest tweets from a Twitter user called "Matsta". Is this some sort of attempt to push Twitter to move all of its users to the new design that was unveiled last week or just a way to highlight flaws in Twitter's security? Some Twitter users are reporting that the new is not affected, but at the time of writing we could not confirm if this is true or not.

06:45 US PST UPDATE: Here is an update from Twitter: We've identified and are patching a XSS attack; as always, please message @safety if you have info regarding such an exploit.

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BenQ announces 23.6" 120hz 3d-capable monitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 3:15 CDT

BenQ have just announced the XL2410T - their first 120Hz, 3D-capable LCD monitor which uses an LED backlight. This means it's compatible with NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology, and for those of you (like me) who enjoy the fast refresh of 120Hz.


The screen sports a 23.6" panel at Full HD 1920x1080, 16:9 aspect ratio, 2ms GTG (grey-to-grey) response time, meaning that the OverDrive technology is being used to achieve a faster pixel response than all other 3D-capable monitors (interesting!)

BenQ also claims it has a 10, 000, 000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio.

Interestingly BenQ partnered with ZOWIE, a professional gaming gear manufacturer, ZOWIE's gamer team joined in during the production development and testing stages. With their assistance, the XL2410T apparently has been designed to offer the best experience for gamers. Especially with FPS titles, reducing input lag.

Apple changes policy on apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | Apps | Posted: Sep 21, 2010 @ 2:25 CDT

Got friends who run an Android or Blackberry - when you have an iPhone or iPad - and wished you could play games against each other? Well, rub your genie bottle one more time and that wish will come true.


Apple has reversed it's policy on rejecting apps that were created using cross-platform tools such as Adobe Flash CS5. Up until now Apple has been denying apps onto it's App Store if they were programmed in anything but their tools. Developers had to choose between putting apps on the App Store OR other phone app stores (like Google Androids "Market").

What does this mean you ask?

Now, developers can make games for both devices. Yes there were work arounds, but when the gates are let down on rules - people will adopt to them better. Apple most likely know this and have reversed their ruling - which is a good thing.

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